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WHO warns EU countries of new Covid spike due to premature relaxing of quarantine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hans Kluge, the head of WHO’s Europe region, says relaxing protective measures when there were more contagious variants and vaccine coverage was still low could lead to a repetition of the Indian scenario
13:20, 30 April 2021

AP

The World Health Organization has warned European governments that relaxing Covid restrictions too soon could cause cases to spiral again. The Guardian reports citing the head of WHO’s Europe region, Hans Kluge.

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“Relaxing protective measures when there were more contagious variants and vaccine coverage was still low could lead to “a perfect storm in any country … The situation in India can happen anywhere,” said Kluge.

According to him, while new cases in the region had fallen “significantly” last week for the first time in two months, infection rates across the region “remain extremely high”. Nearly half of all cases in the region since last January occurred in the first four months of this year.

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As it was reported earlier, the authorities of France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands decided to ease the quarantine against the background of a campaign for mass vaccination against coronavirus. Starting from May 3, the primary schools in France and certain regions of Italy will be reopened again; the Netherlands will abolish the night curfew from April 28. 

And the Israeli government decided to re-introduce quarantine on arrival for citizens of seven countries. The list includes Ukraine, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, India, Mexico, and Turkey. 

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